Saying goodbye to the house you’ve lived in for years can be difficult but you have to face the reality that someone else is going to own it in the future. Whatever reasons you have for moving to a new house and selling your old one must motivate you to put extra effort in finding the right buyer. But for people to develop a desire to purchase your house, you must make it attractive. Here are some things that you should try to make your house more saleable.
1. Clean up the yard.
Though you think it may be just grass and weeds, your yard is one of the first things that buyers will see. You have to make it presentable as first impressions last. Mow your lawn, trim the hedges and if there are trees that don’t really add to the house’s aesthetic, cut them down. Remember to keep garden tools out of sight after cleaning.
2. Stash away personal stuff.
Remove all personal things that obscure the beauty of your home like books on the bookshelf, magazines, family pictures, food on the kitchen counter, knick-knacks and toys. Put them in boxes for safekeeping. Buyers should be able to visualize themselves living in your house.
3. Be minimalistic.
As stated in tip number 2, guests should see how beautiful your home is and they shouldn’t be distracted by too much furniture and décor that makes the place look busy. A home is where people relax and wind down. It should look that way. Get rid of extra chairs, linens that have cartoon characters on them and other eyesores. Removing unnecessary items creates an illusion of bigger space.
4. Clean everything.
Buyers would opt for a clean simple house than a cluttered mansion. Wipe the windows, wash all linens, scrub the whole bathroom, sweep and polish the floors. Don’t forget to exterminate pests as buyers will instantly hate your house if they see one.
5. Get rid of unpleasant odors.
Your house might smell different but you might not notice it as you get used to the stench because you live there. Avoid smoking inside the house as it may be the source of unpleasant smell. Also check if your pets are the culprits. If you can’t refrain from smoking or having your pets inside the house, light a scented candle a day before a buyer visits and open the windows.
If your budget allows, do these things that will improve your house’s appearance. These could also help increase the value of your home allowing you to sell it at a higher price.
1. Paint the walls.
Is your walls’ paint chipping off? It’s time to repaint your walls. Choose soft colors like beige or cream as it would allow the buyers to visualize their furniture in your house without thinking that they have to repaint the walls when they buy your house. Also paint your fence and other exteriors that need a little color.
2. Fix pipe and gutter cracks.
Meticulous buyers inspect little things that are often overlooked. The pipes and gutters are prime examples. Fix cracks and holes with your trusted sealant. You won’t regret it.
3. Buy new light fixtures.
Light plays a big role in visual appreciation. Buy new bulbs if your house looks kind of dim. It will help buyers see the different features of the house thus making it more alluring.
Following these tips would make buyers put your house at the top of their list. Good luck in selling your house and may your new house be as beautiful as your old one.